Wisconsin tabbed for rematch with Virginia in 2013 Big Ten/ACC Challenge
MADISON – Last season Wisconsin and Virginia squared off for the first time in Big Ten/ACC Challenge history. In 2013, the two teams will play the rematch as the Badgers travel to Charlottesville, Va. in the 15th-annual Big Ten/ACC Challenge presented by Dick's Sporting Goods, it was announced Wednesday.
The Badgers and Cavaliers will play the second night of competition on Wednesday, Dec. 4. Game time and television network have yet to be determined.
Wisconsin will be looking to avenge a 60-54 loss when the two teams meet in the 2013 challenge. UW is 6-8 all-time in the Challenge, recording victories in three of the last five seasons.
The Badgers trail only Illinois (7) for the most victories among Big Ten teams. Wisconsin's winning percentage (.429) is tied for fifth behind Illinois (.500), Ohio State (.500) Purdue (.500) and Michigan State (.462).
The Badgers are coming off their 15th-consecutive appearance in the NCAA tournament after earning 23 victories in 2012-13, the ninth-highest win total in school history.
Virginia, which is 8-5 overall in the Big Ten/ACC Challenge and owns a 5-1 home record, is coming off an appearance in the 2013 NIT. Led by former UW assistant Tony Bennett, the Cavaliers finished 23-12 overall after suffering a 75-64 loss to Iowa in the quarterfinals of the tournament.
Next season's matchup promises to be a defensive showcase as Virginia and Wisconsin finished fifth and seventh, respectively, in the country last season in scoring defense. The Badgers yielded just 55.9 points per game, while the Cavaliers gave up only 55.6 points per contest.
The ACC won the first 10 Challenges, but the Big Ten is unbeaten in the last four after last season's inter-conference duel ended in a tie.
2013 ACC/Big Ten Challenge schedule (times and networks are to be determined):
2013 ACC/BIG TEN MEN'S BASKETBALL CHALLENGE
Tuesday, Dec. 3
Florida State at Minnesota
Illinois at Georgia Tech
Indiana at Syracuse
Michigan at Duke
Notre Dame at Iowa
Penn State at Pittsburgh
Wednesday, December 4
Boston College at Purdue
Maryland at Ohio State
Miami, FL at Nebraska
North Carolina at Michigan State
Northwestern at North Carolina State
Wisconsin at Virginia
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